Version in Hexameter
language of myths –let the truth be
imparted in pictures”
Parsifal and Herzeleide
away in the woodlands - has Parsifal
grown into manhood,
the ways of the world, - knowing naught of the
rulers of kingdoms.
his mother - tells only the secrets of
streams, and the paths - of the forest are
all he encounters.
a mystery that veils - any thought of
the turning of flower - to fruit, and
provisions for winter
Have to be
gathered and sought for, - so follows the
flow of the seasons
Then on a
day in the springtime, - while wandering
over a clearing,
spies the bright glow - of clear sunlight on
metal. He follows,
what it might be – and beholds seven
horsemen in armour.
before them in wonder, - and learns they are
knights of King Arthur,
the truth and upholding- the right,
protecting the ladies.
freedom, and courage – are virtues
pursued by the knighthood.
with hopes he runs home; - at the door of the
hut, he now pauses,
‘tis time that I part; - to be knighted is
my heart’s desire,
the court of King Arthur – to willingly serve
where I’m needed.
is the Grail Quest they speak of – adventurous
trials, seeking goodness.
thought his mother, ‘my plan – to keep him
from danger is ruined;
his father, he’ll go – and be killed by some
knight seeking swordplay’.
gives answer: - “My fears have not been
you now leave your mother? – To perilous
deeds you are driven.
you must, you’ve your freedom; - May God keep
you safe from all danger!”
can I do to protect him?’ – she thinks.
‘He knows naught of the problems
to threaten his pathway’- At last an
idea comes to her:
he is without doubt – to negate my
advice and precautions,
So as a
fool I shall clothe him. – At court they will
break out with laughter;
will send him away; - I will have him once
more at my hearth fire.’-
her tears Herzeleide – lets Parsifal go
to his future.
is her demeanour – she knows that he
has no conception
has cost her to lose him. – No more can she
do to persuade him.
sad Herzeleide – succumbs to the shock
and falls over,
the anguish; Bereft – of all hope, she then
dies on the threshold.
meanwhile has parted. – Nary a thought
of his mother
his head, as he wanders – O’er hillside and
woodland. For only
and courage awakes – in his mind. He is
called to attention:
loud lamentations – is heard; as he
searches the pathway,
to see what has happened, - he meets with his
with sorrow, she’s mourning - her husband,
the ground he rests; - he was killed while
defending the forest
the man who stands staring – distraught by the
has no idea - that it’s he who
possesses the birthright.
has never been told – that he would
inherit the forest.
is he to discover – the truth of his
utters Sigune, - “’tis time that you
knew of your forebears;
your name which means ‘pierced - through the
middle’ or ‘pierced through the valleys’.
remains of my bridegroom. – His life has been
given away now.
this morning let grief – be my lot, my
companion be sorrow.
your way now; you may – never live to behold
The Fight for his Armour
to forge” is my motto. – Don’t tarry; no
matter if tragic
come to confront you – Now
Schionatolander would surely
Want me to
stride to the deeds – which are pending “to
fight against evil”…
journeys along. – When he comes to the
court, he’s astonished.
dressed in fine clothing; - ‘tis just as his
a fool in patched trousers, - and wearing the
boots of a farmer;
meets his endeavour. – But even while
King watches closely. - He speaks then in
earnest, “If you would
win knightly armour, - befitting the
Round Table glory,
There is a
way now. You must – try to conquer the
Red Knight in jousting.
has dared meet that challenge…” – “but
I”, replied Parsifal bravely,
he may well be, - yet no fear will
affect my decision.”
is shining on spearhead. – The Red Knight,
enormous on horseback,
young lad down at once; - then he walks away
scoffing in laughter.
furious, follows, - and shouting a
challenge attacks him.
the Red Knight is briefly – viewed, facing a
the tables reversed, - and the Red Knight is
speared through the forehead!
the ‘dangerous foe’. – Thus does Parsifal win
his own armour.
The Castle of Gurnemanz
be needed in battle; - there lives an old
knight in a castle.
goes there alone – in a tournament,
he’ll practice jousting.
vows to teach him – to fight and win justly at
conduct he learns, - whereby honour is
not to be doubted.
of yourself, you need not – ever ask others
what is the problem.
give answer befitting - a knight, as is
manly and proper.”
the discipline that – leads to error
untold, in the future.
onward to meet – his adventure, he
travels o’er mountains.
his fate, he then comes – to a swift flowing
stream that he follows
the sea; a fine castle – is under
attack; in a city,
the King Clamidae - who is trying to
court a fine lady.
She is a
princess whose name – is Kondwiramur.
Radiant in beauty,
demur, she will not – deign to marry a
scoundrel who plunders
and murdered her father. – A vision of
her now appears to our hero,
her sorrow, revealing – to him in the
night how she suffers.
vows to prevail – against whatever
intends to win back – and restore
Pelrapur and the kingdom.
in love with the princess – whose beauty
surpasses all others,
flares with the fire – that he’s destined to
show in his lifetime.
Now he is
brave without measure, - and conquers the
with nary a doubt, - he restores the lost
freedom and justice.
has smiled on the lovers. – Kondwiramor
Queen and her destined
marry and live – in sweet harmony;
meanwhile the kingdom
victory; peace - now prevails, as the
evil is vanquished.
again, an idea – occurs to the newly
now longing to see – his dear mother
again-she who raised him
this futile – desire will cause long
then asks his wife – to let him depart
on his journey.
your wish, for I really – do love you; go
search for your mother.
fare well; I do hope – your desire is
fulfilled and that we might
together again, dear!” – So Parsifal
leaves the next morning.
could know that his wife, – was now pregnant,
and would bear him twin sons,
be bound to stay with her. – However, the
news is a secret,
the Queen; so her husband – is free to
pursue his desire.
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